A Message That Hits Home –
May 24, 2019 – Strawberry, who played professional baseball for 17 years with the Mets, Giants, Dodgers and the Yankees, led an honest dialogue and Q&A segment with an audience at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, before signing copies of his book “Don’t Give Up on Me: Shedding Light on Addiction With Darryl Strawberry.” Strawberry’s book touches on his personal story of childhood abuse, anxiety, drug abuse and alcohol addiction with easy-to-understand explanations and commentaries on addiction from trained professionals. The book provides a basis of coping and understanding addictions, and offering hope and a path to healing. “We’re living in a time where it’s very broken and lonely for a lot of young people, and I’ve been in recovery for a long time and I’ve never seen so many people addicted to drugs like they are today,” said Strawberry. “I didn’t come here to talk about baseball and the championships…all that stuff means nothing, when I sit here and look at kids dying it breaks my heart.” “When I sat down at the table and talk to young girls and boys at my treatment center and they told me they’ve been abused and raped, and that’s the problem right there. That’s why they’re doing drugs,” said Strawberry.